ZIMBABWE has recorded 48 new Covid19 cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours in a development which may prompt authorities to consider tightening the grip on unnecessary movements.
In an update released late Tuesday night, the Health Ministry reported a surge in the numbers of cases in the country.
“A total 48 new cases and two deaths were reported in the last 24 hours out of the 875 PCR tests done. 47 are local cases and one is a returnee from Tanzania,” the health ministry said in an update.
Authorities reported 49 new recoveries as the national recovery rate stands at 91.3% with active cases going down to 521.
“As of November 17 2020, Zimbabwe has now recorded 8945 cases 8 164 recoveries and 260 deaths,” the health ministry added.
The remarks come shortly after Health Minister and State Vice President, Constantino Chiwenga last week expressed concern over the increase in the number of people who no longer practice World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended Covid-19 preventive measures.
He bemoaned the fact that most people, in their wisdom had decided to engage a relaxed mode as it it has become a common feature to catch sight of people disregarding wearing of masks.
Global coronavirus infections have passed 55.2 million, meanwhile, the global coronavirus death toll exceeds 1.3 million according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
“The world may be able to vaccinate enough people to get the coronavirus pandemic under control by mid-2022,” said Ugur Sahin, chief executive officer of BioNTech, Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine partner.
“Countries will need to focus on immunizing as broadly as possible in the first six to eight months of 2021, Sahin said in an online forum hosted by Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung.”